Special Education

Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Teaching the Student with FAS or FAE

If you are a classroom teacher who, for the first time, is about to teach a student with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal chartAlcohol Effect (FAS/E), this guide can be helpful. Many of the strategies are general and may be appropriate for use with students who are not diagnosed with FAS/E, but who do share some of the learning needs of students with FAS/E. This resource guide is organized around areas of concern identified by experienced classroom and integration support teachers. Its goal is to provide teachers with a clear understanding of the needs of students with FAS/E by:

  • defining Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE),

  • describing the common learning and behavioural characteristics of Children with FAS/E, and

  • suggesting strategies that may be helpful in meeting the challenges these children present in the classroom.

Initial feelings of concern, anxiety, frustration or uncertainty often accompany the news that you will be teaching a student whose particular needs are unfamiliar to you. In the case of children with FAS/E, information and assistance are available to you, and these students will often come to you with a support system already in place. If a support system is not in place, this guide can direct you to others who can help form an educational team to work with you and your student.